There were three separate launches for The Comrades, a book written by former friends of the twelve hunger strikers who died between (1974 & 1981), with an introduction by the former leader of the women in Armagh Jail, Síle Darragh. The launches were in Belfast,...

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The Final Say

Two veteran republicans who were involved in the secret re-interment of Frank Stagg’s body in 1977 from a concrete Free State tomb to the Republican Plot in Leigue Cemetery, Ballina, have just finished a headstone and had the last word on the empty grave. The fitting...

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Palestine-Ireland – A Shared Struggle

As a result of a collaboration between Palestinian and Irish republican activists a new book, the first of its kind, has been published by An Fhuiseog in West Belfast and brings together the experiences of surviving hunger strikers from both nations. The editors were...

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Mickey Devine – 40th Anniversary

Mickey Devine was the last man—the tenth—to die on the epic 1981 hunger strike. Today is the fortieth anniversary of his death and it is a death, along with that of his nine comrades, that still resonates and impacts to this day with huge inspirational significance...

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A Shared Struggle— Stories of Palestinian & Irish Hunger Strikers is the latest publication from Belfast-based An Fhuiseog and is a unique book, bringing together for the first time the prison experiences of surviving Palestinian and Irish republican hunger...

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Anniversary of Thomas McElwee

On 8 August 1981 Thomas McElwee from South Derry became the ninth man to die in the H-Block hunger strike. His cousin Francis Hughes had been the second man to die (eight days after Bobby Sands) and both cousins are buried together in the same cemetery in Bellaghy. In...

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Kieran Doherty Remembered

Forty years ago today Kieran Doherty became the eighth blanket man to die on the seven-months’ long 1981 hunger strike. Kieran, from Andersonstown in West Belfast, was twenty-five-years old and had been on hunger strike for seventy-three days. After the introduction...

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Kevin Lynch Remembered

On this day forty years ago twenty-five-year old Kevin Lynch from Dungiven became the seventh prisoner to die on the 1981 H-Block hunger strike after seventy one days without sustenance. Kevin was a member of the INLA when he was arrested in December 1976, charged...

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Óglach Martin Hurson Remembered

There were a number of commemorations held in Tyrone for the fortieth anniversary of Martin Hurson, the sixth H-Block hunger striker to die in 1981. Martin, from Aughnaskea, aged twenty-four, died forty six days into his hunger strike on July 13th, 1981, and is buried...

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‘Fuair Seosamh bás.’

Forty years ago today, IRA Volunteer Joe McDonnell became the fifth hunger striker to die in that epic seven-months’ long hunger strike. Joe also stood as an abstentionist candidate in that June’s general election in the South where two H-Block prisoners, Kieran...

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Bobby Sands Trust

The Bobby Sands Trust was established to publish, promote and keep in print the extraordinary writings of Bobby Sands, who from prison isolation became an international figure in 1981, and who to this day continues to inspire Irish republicans in their pursuit of freedom from British rule.

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